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Windows 7: Bootable USB with Windows 7 failed to boot while upgrading from Vista

05 Mar 2014   #1
yaachit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Bootable USB with Windows 7 failed to boot while upgrading from Vista

Hi,

I have a Lenovo machine with Windows Vista home basic version installed. I downloaded Windows 7 & made a bootable USB..After changing BIOS setting for boot, I tried to boot my machine through USB but failed...no error has been reported. it just hang in there for a while & then move to HDD for boot up.

I read many threads suggesting clean format but not sure how to do it since my bootable USB is not supporting at all.

Note: I had to download bootsect.exe separately as some X64 bit error was popping up while making a bootable USB.

Regards

Yaachit


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05 Mar 2014   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

If you think a dirty HDD is the cause for the problem, then make a bootable Partition Wizard pen drive using Rufus, boot from it and format your drive.

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05 Mar 2014   #3
yaachit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Jumanji,

But dont think its HDD i think its something to do with X32bit to X64 bit issue...not sure wht is teh cause
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05 Mar 2014   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yaachit View Post
Thanks Jumanji,

But dont think its HDD i think its something to do with X32bit to X64 bit issue...not sure wht is teh cause
You can't do an upgrade from x32bit to x64bit. You have to do a clean install.

As mentioned here in the red warning box,

Upgrade Install with Windows 7
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05 Mar 2014   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I think the OP knows that, because he is trying to install by booting the usb.

You could try Vista Diskpart command to create and format the USB partition. Then copy the contents of the win7 iso onto it.

From an admin cmd prompt ( press enter after each command)

diskpart

lis dis

sel dis ? (replace ? with the disk number of your usb drive)

clean


cre par pri


act

for FS=ntfs LABEL="win7" QUICK.


exi
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05 Mar 2014   #6
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I think the OP knows that, because he is trying to install by booting the usb.
Could be, but that would not be an upgrade then. It would be a clean install.
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05 Mar 2014   #7
yaachit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

SIW2,

I tried all this but in vain then I used the mighty Microsoft USB/DVD tool...but no solution.
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05 Mar 2014   #8
yaachit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just tried to run Bootsect.exe through command prmpt and got this error

"bootsect.exe is not compatiable with the version of Windows you're running.check your computer system info to see whetheryo need a x86 or x64 version the program ....."

looks like i need bootsect.exe for 64 bit huh???? not sure..???
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05 Mar 2014   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1) Are you able to boot Vista install media, or Vista recovery media from usb?

2) Do you even have Vista install/recovery media?

If you are trying to run bootsect from 32 bit installed windows, then you need 32 bit bootsect.exe

here: b.zip


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05 Mar 2014   #10
yaachit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes, I am trying to run from 32 bit installed windows, used BOOTSECT but no resolution still.....dont have vista install/vista recovery..BTW do you have BOOTSECT for 64 bit..like to try with that as well...thanks
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